Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at  Mercat Bistro  in the  HARWOOD District . 

Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at Mercat Bistro in the HARWOOD District

Dallas' 15 Essential Brunch Spots
Amy McCarthy

In Dallas, brunch is decidedly the most important meal of the weekend. Which is why it’s important to know exactly where to find the fluffiest pancakes, the crispiest bacon, and the strongest mimosas. But where does one find the best brunch in Dallas?

This city is practically littered with excellent brunch options, but these 15 spots are definitely worthy of your brunch bucket list. Carpe chilaquiles, Dallas.

1. Bolsa

Bolsa is a solid choice for pretty much any meal of the day, but the brunch menu is consistently one of the best in town. Dig into a “twigs & branch” flatbread topped with arugula, goat cheese, and roasted grapes, or stay traditional with Bolsa’s most-excellent chilaquiles and pimiento-cheese grits. The burger is also a pretty stellar option, especially if you're nursing a nasty hangover. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

2. Boulevardier

Boulevardier’s brunch is the stuff of legends. Chef Nathan Tate’s take on French classics like eggs meurette and a constantly changing quiche offering are always a good choice, but the true greatness happens when Tate introduces a little bit of his southern influence. Try the “legs & eggs” – confit duck legs served with sunny-side up farm eggs and Homestead grits cakes.

3. Bread Winners Café and Bakery

Brunch is religion in Uptown, and Bread Winners is where this midday meal’s most devoted disciples worship. Fried chicken & waffles are an obvious choice, as is the French Ham eggs Benedict, a buttery croissant topped with asparagus, smoked ham, and hollandaise. Wash it all down with Bread Winners' spicy Bloody Diablo garnished with jalapeno bacon. Bread Winners is open for brunch on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

4. Ellen's Southern Kitchen

There’s nothing more comforting than a Southern breakfast, and Ellen’s does it right. Traditional fare like biscuits and gravy and Ellen’s famous cheesy grits are always a solid choice, but don’t sleep on the less-conventional options, like drool-worthy pork tinga tacos and chili & eggs. Late risers need not worry – Ellen’s serves breakfast all day long.

5. Garden Cafe

Vegetarians and omnivores alike will find plenty to love at Garden Cafe, where at least some of the produce on your plate was likely grown on-site. The omelets are made with local eggs and housemade chorizo, the oatmeal is organic, and the bacon is house-cured. Pair a stack of sweet potato pancakes with egg whites and avocado for a midday breakfast that is pretty damn balanced. Brunch is served all day at Garden Cafe, so take your time.

6. Hattie's

For a decidedly Southern take on brunch, head to Hattie’s in the Bishop Arts District. This long-standing establishment is a neighborhood favorite for brunch, thanks to dishes like bananas foster sourdough french toast, and of course, chicken and waffles. Don’t miss the Hattie’s Hangtown Scramble, made with herbed scrambled eggs, bacon-wrapped fried oysters, and red chili hollandaise. Brunch is served on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

7. Cane Rosso

You probably don’t think of a pizza joint as an excellent breakfast spot, but that’s only because you haven’t had Il Cane Rosso’s killer weekend brunch specials. Dig into a pork and hot sopressata hash, or, if you're lucky, a pillowy stack of ricotta pancakes. Of course, pizza is also an entirely acceptable option.

8. Jonathon's Oak Cliff

At this Oak Cliff institution, you can keep it healthy with a veggie burger or steel cut oats, or you can get seriously indulgent with all things lovingly fried. Try the Peanut Butter Jelly Time waffle, topped with peanut butter fluff and berry preserves, or the Pan de Jon, a rich and buttery bread custard drenched in banana-citrus syrup. Brunch is served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

9. Mercat Bistro

Brush out that bedhead, put on your least-wrinkled clothes and head to Mercat Bistro for a fancy brunch that won’t destroy your budget. Start your Euro-inspired brunch with housemade ricotta topped with local honeycomb or a roasted tomato-brie tart, and finish with a plate of perfectly light strawberry-mascarpone crepes. Mimosas of course, are a must. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

10. Oddfellows

This Bishop Arts brunch fave is generally slammed during peak hours, so you might want to wait until the crowds have died down to dig into your plate of huevos rancheros. Red velvet pancakes and chicken biscuits are also on offer, in case you’re seriously in need of a carb coma.

11. Remedy

Chef Danyele McPherson excels at comfort food, which makes Remedy a pretty obvious choice for brunch. You probably don’t think of fried bologna as fancy brunch fare, but McPherson’s is seriously stellar. On the sweeter side of things, try the Dutch Baby, a popover-style pancake dusted with sugar, sea salt, and lemon curd or a hearty plate of pumpkin butter-pecan waffles. Remedy serves brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

12. Smoke

Pretty much the only way to make brunch better is to add a kiss of smoke, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Tim Byres’ aptly-named restaurant. The brunch at the Plano outpost of Smoke is worth the drive out of Dallas, with dishes like pulled whole hog eggs Benedict, smoked salmon and collard greens florentine, and of course, the famous heavy-handed blueberry pancakes. Be sure to have plenty of time to nap after this brunch, served all day on Saturday and Sunday.

13. The Dream Cafe

Pretty much everything at Dream Cafe is locally sourced, organic, or both, which totally counts as healthy. Start your brunch with one of Dream Cafe’s excellent popovers slathered with strawberry butter, then move on to a bowl of granola or omelet stuffed with sausage, mushrooms, and cheese. Take your vegan friends to brunch here, where they can dig into a hearty tofu scramble on whole wheat tortilla.

14. The Grape

The famous, best-in-the-state burger is just one reason to have brunch at The Grape – this spot has plenty of other delicious ways to compel you out of your pajamas on Sunday. Try the fluffy cinnamon-pecan pull-apart bread, or perhaps the blueberry-cornmeal griddle cakes topped with whipped butter. Stave off your hangover with a fried chicken on a biscuit and pretend that tomorrow isn’t Monday. Brunch is served at The Grape on Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

15. TJ's Seafood Market Grill

TJ’s Seafood impossibly fresh fish case gets the brunch treatment on the weekends, and the results are downright magnificent. Three words: crabcake eggs Benedict. If that doesn’t strike your fancy, try honey butter Maine lobster fritters, Austin-inspired migas, or hickory smoked salmon with all the accoutrements. Of course, kicking off your brunch festivities with a dozen East Coast oysters and habanero Bloody Marys (complete with seafood skewer!) is a must.